The Life of Buddha

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A 50 minute long BBC documentary from 2003 which gives a good introduction to the early life of Buddha and his path to enlightenment. The Life of Buddha was shot on location in Nepal and India and makes use of computer-generated images and recent archaeological discoveries to piece together the story. The documentary was very well received and praised for relying more on known facts and real life evidence, including history established through archaeology, rather than myths and folklore like some similar productions.

The documentary includes contributions from the Dalai Lama and the head of a temple in Bodhgauya, also interviewed are three history professors who have studied the life of Buddha – Peter Harvey, Richard Gombrich, and Kevin Trainor. This documentary is not to be confused with the feature length 2007 documentary of the same title, The Life of Buddha, which was a joint production between the BBC and the Discovery Channel.

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